【Intercultural Module】Mohamad Sawan, Polytechnique Montréal Professor, Fellow IEEE, gave a speech for Intercultural Module

In the afternoon of 14th Oct, Mohamad Sawan was invited by SPEIT to give a speech subject in Does Multidisciplinary in Engineering Education an Issue?” for intercultural module.

Modeling, design, test and validation of modern systems require custom prepared education programs and deeper training to develop the main knowledge and expertise needed to meet the industrial job requirements and to face the international competition. Examples and case studies reflecting these issues are the emerging bioelectronics fields intended to build smart medical devices. Typical currently undertaken projects are wearable and implantable Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) for diagnostic and recovery of neural vital functions.  These activities are attracting researchers to understand neural activities underlying cognitive functions and pathologies and to build custom smart devices, such as prostheses, to efficiently treat these dysfunctions. This lecture summarizes needed knowledge and expertise to build such hybrid devices. We describe the architecture of typical BMI intended for wireless neurorecording and neurostimulation, devices connected to tissues through arrays of microelectrodes. Also, the talk includes description of System-on-chip and Lab-on-chip technologies intended to build biosensors, wireless data links, and power harvesting to remotely power the implantable devices inside the body. Tests and validation of devices: electrical, mechanical, package, heat, reliability will be summarized. Case studies will cover research activities dedicated to two main topics: 1) Intracortical electrical microstimulation for vision recovery to blind; 2) Multimodal fNIRS/EEG, then ECoG processing, and subsequent treatment to stop these seizures using custom bioelectronic implant.


Bio: Mohamad Sawan received the Ph.D. degree in 1990 in Electrical Engineering, from Sherbrooke University, Canada. He joined Polytechnique Montreal in 1991, where he is currently a Professor of microelectronics and biomedical engineering. His interests are the design and test of analog, digital, RF, and optic circuits and Microsystems. Dr. Sawan is a holder of a Canada Research Chair in Smart Medical Devices; he is leading the Microsystems Strategic Alliance of Quebec (ReSMiQ), and is founder of the Polystim Neurotechnologies Laboratory. Dr. Sawan is founder and cofounder of several international conferences such as the IEEE NEWCAS, ICECS, and BIOCAS. He is also cofounder and Associate Editor (AE) of the IEEE Trans. on BIOCAS, Deputy Editor-in Chief of the IEEE TCAS-II (2009-2013), Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Engineering, and he is Editor and Associate Editor, and member of the board of several other international Journals.  Dr. Sawan is founder and chair of the Eastern Canadian IEEE-Solid State Circuits Society Chapter. He published more than 700 peer reviewed papers, two books, 10 book chapters, and 12 patents. Dr. Sawan received several awards, among them the Shanghai Municipality International Collaboration award, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, the Bombardier Medal for technology transfer, the Jacques-Rousseau Award for achieved results in multidisciplinary research activities, the medal of merit from the President of Lebanon for his outstanding contributions, and the Barbara Turnbull Award for spinal-cord research in Canada. He is Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and Officer of the Quebec’s National Order.